Big Red Rundo Lott IMPACT Watch List

      Cooper, Gregory Named to Lott IMPACT Watch List

      Husker Blackshirts Corey Cooper and Randy Gregory were among 42 players named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List when the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced its nominees on Wednesday.

      Cooper, a senior safety from Maywood, Ill., started all 13 games last season and led Nebraska with 91 tackles. He earned 52 solo stops and five tackles for loss in addition to one interception as a junior in 2013. Cooper was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by conference coaches.

      Cooper will once again be a leader in the secondary for Nebraska’s defense after appearing in 38 games over his first three seasons. He has 117 career tackles, 68 of which are solo stops in his time with the Huskers.

      Gregory, a junior defensive end, earned unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors after his first season at Nebraska in 2013. The Fishers, Ind., native led the Big Ten in sacks with 10.5, and made 66 total tackles as a sophomore. His 10.5 sacks also set a school record for most by a first-year defender.

      Gregory started 10 games and appeared in all 13, while registering 19 tackles for loss. He will anchor Nebraska’s defensive line in his second year with the program.

      Now in its 11th year, the Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the college football defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

      The winner will be announced at the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet Dec. 14 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

      2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
      Geoffrey Bacon, DB, Army
      Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
      Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
      Kelby Brown, LB, Duke
      Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
      Sam Carter, S, TCU
      Henry Coley, LB, Virginia
      Landon Collins, S, Alabama
      Corey Cooper, S, Nebraska
      Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
      Michael Doctor, LB, Oregon State
      Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky
      Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
      Collin Ellis, LB, Northwestern
      Cole Farrand, LB, Maryland
      Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
      Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor
      Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
      David Helton, LB, Duke
      Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
      A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee
      Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
      Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
      Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington
      Ben Kline, LB, Penn State
      Cameron Lynch, LB, Syracuse
      Wayne Lyons, CB, Stanford
      Jaylen Milles, CB, LSU
      Jonathon Mincy, CB, Auburn
      Ryan Mueller, DE, Kansas State
      Cory Morrissey, DE, Iowa State
      Hayes Pullard, LB, USC
      Cedric Reed, DE, Texas
      Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
      Deterrian Shackleford, LB, Ole Miss
      Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
      Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
      Haylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
      Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
      Jared Tevis, S, Arizona
      Leonard Williams, DT, USC
      Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

      Courtesy UNL Sports Information